xtine burrough & Sabrina Starnaman
xtine burrough is a hybrid artist. She uses remix as a strategy for engaging networked audiences in critical participation at the intersection of media art and digital poetry. A Professor and Area Head of Design + Creative Practice in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, burrough is the Creative Director of LabSynthE, a laboratory for synthetic, electronic poetry. She has recently authored Foundations of Digital Art and Design, 2nd Edition and is co-editor of the forthcoming The Routledge Handbook of Remix Studies and Digital Humanities.
Sabrina Starnaman researches socially-engaged literature, particularly Progressive Era (1880-1930) American texts about women’s activism, urbanism, and disability that explores how activists remediated exploitative labor practices, racism, and poverty. Her work brings the voices of overlooked writers, particularly women writers, back into the public consciousness. Starnaman is an Associate Professor of Instruction of Literature and Director of Research for LabSynthE, a laboratory for synthetic, electronic poetry at the University of Texas at Dallas.
burrough and Starnaman’s collaborations are accessible on VisibleWomen.net.
Epic Hand Washing in the Time of Lost Narratives
'Epic Hand Washing in the Time of Lost Narratives' by xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman is a speculative remix that confronts Epic Kitchens, a dataset of first-person cooking videos, with quotations from literature written during or about prior pandemics such as the bubonic plague and the global influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The project reveals the arbitrary nature of information preservation and highlights the constructed nature of digitised materials. Blurring the lines between art and archive, or information and dataset, this work furthers discourse about the digital dataset as an authority of knowledge curation.
Recovering Lost Narratives in Epic Kitchens
This article is an overview of the projects 'Epic Handwashing in a Time of Lost Narratives' and 'A Kitchen of One's Own' weaving a thread between the technical and the conceptual: the projects are linked historically by the writing and arguments put forth by Virginia Woolf, technologically by computational juxtapositions of text and image, as well as poetically in the viewer’s experience through a speculative remix.